Former US President Donald Trump has sued CNN for $475 million in damages. According to the lawsuit filed in a US district court in Florida, the TV station is waging a “defamation and slander” campaign against him in order to prevent him from running again for president in 2024. The CNN reporting damaged Trump’s reputation and caused him “pain, humiliation and mental anguish”.
The US broadcaster tried to “use its massive influence – allegedly as a ‘trustworthy’ news source – to defame the 76-year-old in the minds of viewers and readers and to “defeat him politically,” Trump’s lawyers write in the report 29-page document.
“The Big Lie”
The Republican was particularly offended that CNN called his claim that the 2020 election was “stolen” by US Democrat Joe Biden a “big lie”. The formulation alludes to an anti-communist US propaganda film of the same title, which in turn took up a quote from Adolf Hitler.
Trump accused the news channel of being involved in a “concerted action to tip the political balance to the left.” The journalists tried to “dirty” him with “increasingly scandalous” terms such as “racist” or “Russian lackey”. The ex-president, who was voted out of office two years ago, says he wants to defend his reputation as a “dedicated civil servant” with the legal action after the broadcaster refused to retract the allegedly defamatory statements about him.
In another statement, the politician and real estate entrepreneur announced that he may also be suing “a large number of other fake news media companies” in the near future, primarily for their coverage of the 2020 US presidential election railed against CNN and other media outlets on social media, labeling their posts “fake news”.
jj/fab (dpa, afp, ap)